Police hope photos lead to driver who hit cyclist

Police hope photos lead to driver who hit cyclist

Police hope photos lead to driver who hit cyclist

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by Teresa Blackman, kgw.com Staff

kgw.com

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 11:41 AM

PORTLAND -- Police were circulating surveillance photos of the pickup truck that struck a bicyclist last June in North Portland, hoping they will lead to tips in the hit-and-run investigation.

Mike Cooley, 59, was on his way home from work on his bike when the truck struck him along North Interstate Avenue, just north of Greeley Avenue.

Witnesses rushed to Cooley's aid after the truck driver took off.  Cooley's wife said he likely wouldn't be alive if it weren't for the strangers who gave him CPR and called 911.

Lori Cooley told KGW her husband suffered serious spinal injuries and head trauma.  He remains hospitalized but has been upgraded to good condition.

The vehicle that hit Cooley was described as a white 1993-1997 Ford F350 crew cab pickup that may have two chrome step-up bars and damage to the right, front headlight area.

One person also reported seeing a white Ford pickup driving erratically in the area before the crash.

Police were sharing surveillance images that they found of the suspect vehicle, in an effort to try and generate new leads in the case that was now more than a month old.  Crime Stoppers was also offering a $1,000 cash reward for tips that lead to an arrest.

People can leave a Crime Stoppers tip online or by texting CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or by calling 503-823-HELP (4357).

Anyone who wants to talk directly with police about the case can contact officer Chris Johnson at (503) 823-2213.

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